Studio 202 is gearing up for another Culture Crawl! We are painting walls, adjusting lighting, space planning and of course, putting on the finishing touches of the work to be displayed. It is a busy time of year for the 1000 Parker Street artists as they work to transform their environments into something special for this annual public viewing.

My favorite part about this event (aside from meeting so many people), is the fact that I can actually tour some studios. As I paint on off hours from the majority of the artists in the building, I see the culture crawl as an opportunity to view new work of my neighbors and chat with some very interesting creators.

1000 Parker is a huge building with 134 artists participating in this years event. If you are new to the crawl, or are returning for your 19th time, here are my top pics of artists to visit:

Carla Tak 

MTH Woodworks

Fiona Ackerman

Michael Fitzsimmons

Meredith Aitken

In the 2000 square foot studio I share with Deborah Bakos, Eric LouieKaren Holland and Wendi Copeland we host a very special opening party complete with live music and a whole lot of energy to get the weekend off to a great start! Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday night (November 20th) from 6pm onwards. 

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The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.

The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 visual artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Since that time the event has grown to include over 400 artists, craftspeople and designers attracting an audience of more than 25,000. The organization itself has evolved to represent the heart of the East Van creative community.

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